USADA began operations on October 1, 2000 and is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of athletes.
USADA was created as the result of recommendations made by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s (USOPC) Select Task Force on Externalization in order to bring credibility and independence to the anti-doping movement in the U.S. USADA was given full authority to execute a comprehensive national anti-doping program encompassing testing, adjudication, education, and research; and to develop programs, policies, and procedures in each of those areas. USADA is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) which harmonizes anti-doping rules across the globe. The Code was first implemented in 2004 and is updated around every five years.
Over the years, more than $12 million dollars have been allocated by USADA for cutting-edge scientific research aimed at understanding and effectively combating the use of performance-enhancing drugs. USADA has collected and managed the results of more than 100,000 anti-doping tests utilizing independent WADA-accredited laboratories that provide the most sophisticated analysis available. USADA’s efforts to protect clean athletes have been instrumental in numerous international investigations, including the steroid bust, Operation Raw Deal, and the BALCO laboratory conspiracy in San Francisco. USADA also led the investigation into systemic doping in the sport of cycling, primarily through its investigation of the US Postal Service Pro-Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy.
USADA continues to aspire to be a leader in the global anti-doping community in order to protect the rights of clean athletes and the integrity of competition around the world. USADA is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and employs more than 100 full and part-time employees around the globe.